boardThe upcoming Wisconsin Rugby Football Union general meeting is swiftly approaching. The meeting will be held Saturday, December 5 in Oshkosh, Wis. 

This meeting requires mandatory attendance by at least one representative of every WRFU member team.

The general meeting will be held at 12 p.m. in Room 221 in the Reeve Union building (748 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh, WI 54901) on the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus.

Parking will be available in the parking structure across the street located on High Ave and Osceola.


Breakout meetings for sub-groups will be held at 11 a.m. More details to be confirmed from referees and men's collegiate coordinators.

For women's collegiate teams, there will be no formal breakout meeting, but women's coordinator Jessica Burda will be there at 11 for informal conversation/coffee. HS, collegiate, senior women's reps all welcome.


Five of the WRFU officer positions will be up for election.

1. Member at Large (2-year term)

2. Treasurer (2-year term)

3. VP Youth (2-year term)

4. VP Club Rugby[2] (1-year term)

5. President (2-year term)

Please note that Justin Jaeger (current VP of Youth) and Shannon Bustillos (Member at Large) have noted their interested in running again, however current WRFU President Victor Drover will not be.


1. Approve agenda

2. Old Business

    1. Approve minutes of previous meeting

    2. Vote on Bylaw update

3. New Business

    1. Officer Reports

         1. VP Competitions - Todd Streeter ℅ Victor Drover

         2. VP Youth - Justin Jaeger

         3. Treasurer - Brian Heim

         4. Disciplinarian - Jim Harings

         5. Select-Side Coaches & Collegiate Coordinators

             1. U23 Women Select Side - Gray Zischke

             2. U19/U17 Girls Select Side - Jeff Noe

             3. U19/U17 Boys Select Side - Fran Brunette

             4. Men’s Collegiate - Brad Dufek

         6. Referee Society - Steve Midthun

   2. Absences of a club at WRFU meetings

   3. USA Technical Zones Guidelines - Steve Midthun

   4. Medical Personnel for Matches[e]

   5. Other (pending successful motion in Section A)

   6. Other (pending successful motion in Section A)

   7. 2016 Budget Item recommendations - Brian Heim

   8. 2016 tournaments, clinics, certifications and special events - Megan Aprahamian

   9. 2016 Spring meeting date - Megan Aprahamian

   10. Elections - Vic Drover

       1. Member at Large (2-year term)

       2. Treasurer (2-year term)

       3. VP Youth (2-year term)

       4. VP Club Rugby[2] (1-year term)

       5. President (2-year term)

4. Adjourn


Quinnipiac Rugby

A must-have ingredient for success on the national rugby scene sure seems to be a bit of Wisconsin lately.

The Quinnipiac University women's rugby team defeated Army 24-19 today to win the first-ever varsity national rugby championship. Quinnipiac counts three former Wisconsin high school rugby players on its roster - Lindsay Wise (DSHA/Franklin, Wis.), Margaret Wesolowski (Catholic Memorial/Milwaukee, Wis.), and Rebecca Haight (Catholic Memorial/Oconomowoc, Wis.).

Former University of Wisconsin-Stout alumni Brad Dufek is also a volunteer coach for the Bobcats. Although Quinnipiac calls Connecticut home, Dufek still volunteers for the WRFU as one of our men's collegiate coordinators for our Division 3 WISCARFU conference.

Congratulations to all of our Bobcat Wisconsinsites and Quinnipiac University on your national championship!



Newspaper clipping from a UK newspaper of coverage of the WIVERNS 1985 Tour via

Almost forgotten in the rugby history books, a tour of the United Kingdom and France by an a group of American women's rugby players dubbed the WIVERNS in 1985 has been dusted off by rugby news website

Of note, this tour was considered a major catalyst for changing international women's rugby and the level of competition.

Additionally, the Wisconsin Rugby Football Union was particularly proud to see that two members of the WIVERNS are alumni of our state's own Wisconsin Women's Rugby Football Club in Madison.

ScrumQueens provides two articles on the tour's history and entertaining anecdotes on how the Americans and their opponents interacted, were promoted in the local media, and how this tour ultimately led to the growth of women's rugby's strength on two continents. Wisconsin alumni Ruth Bernick played scrumhalf for the WIVERNS, while Lisa Riehl was one of the tour coaches and remembers this tour quite fondly. 

Both Bernick and Riehl recently attended Wisconsin's 40th Anniversary celebration in August. Additionally, Lisa has been a coach of several Madison-area teams in her career, including most recently helping coach the UW-Madison Men's backs.

Part 1 - Wiverns '85 - the tour that changed the game

Part 2 - Wiverns '85 - the tour


UW Whitewater November 2015

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater men's rugby team has been ranked as one of the nation's top Division 2 collegiate teams all season. But now thanks to two big victories this past weekend in the USA Rugby national playoffs, the Warhawks can confirm those rankings are well deserved.

Better yet, after finishing second in the national final last fall, the Warhawks may earn a shot at sweet redemption against reigning national champion University of Minnesota-Duluth.

No stranger to the rigors of playing through the national brackets, Whitewater defeated Springfield 85-12 Saturday in the Northeast Regional. The Warhawks then held off a late rally by Rhode Island Sunday afternoon to earn a 31-21 victory. Notably, the Warhawks suffered penalty troubles towards the end of the match and had two players missing due to cards, so the victory was earned with only a 13-man lineup on the pitch.

The USA Rugby Final Four will be held in two weeks, December 5-6, at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. After highly competitive matches this weekend, the Final Four bracket will now see UW-Whitewater versus Towson in the semifinal round. The other semifinal will see the University of Minnesota-Duluth play Salisbury. Congratulations to the Warhawks!

Additional laurels should be awarded to Lindenwood-Belleville, a fellow WIIL conference team that qualified for nationals. In just its first-ever season of competitive play, Lindenwood-Belleville defeated the Colorado School of Mines 11-10 Saturday, but fell to Duluth 46-3 Sunday on snow-covered pitches in Iowa. With teams like UW-Whitewater and Lindenwood-Belleville in the mix, in addition to all of our other member teams, the WRFU looks forward to the WIIL Conference being one of the nation's top D2 collegiate conferences for many years.

Muchin College Prep girls rugby

Girls rugby scrum photo via Muchin College Prep charter school.

Did you catch the recent Chicago Tribune article on the growth of girls high school rugby?

The feature piece "High school girls rugby a hit at Noble charter schools" showcased the rise of girls rugby in the Noble network of charter schools in Chicago, as well as across the state and country.

Additionally, the article also interviewed Katie Rouse, a former University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wisconsin Women's player and team captain.

Rouse is now a teacher and athletic director at Muchin College Prep, in addition to coaching both girls and boys rugby for Muchin.

From the article:

Katie Rouse, a former University of Wisconsin player who now coaches at Muchin College Prep, can attest to that; some of her former Badger teammates remain her closest friends, she said. But she said rugby can also have more immediate benefits for girls.

"When they come in, they're usually very timid," Rouse said. "They don't want to be aggressive or assertive. You can see those who were unsure of themselves gaining confidence as they learn they actually do have the ability to do things they didn't think they were capable of."

Great to see an alumni of the Wisconsin rugby community continuing to help grow the sport! Thanks Katie!

Wisconsin Women's Rugby team photo

Former UW-Madison and Wisconsin Women's player Katie Rouse played prop and flyhalf for her former Wisconsin teams. Rouse (pictured above with the Wisconsin Women, 2nd row, 4th from left) is now a teacher, athletic director and rugby coach for Muchin College Prep in Chicago.